Thursday, 18 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog if I make it myself to my own taste - not too sweet, skip the nutmeg; Hot Chocolate if someone else is making the Egg Nog.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? What tree would that be?
3. Colored lights on house/tree or white? I don't do seasonal lights. The hydro company makes enough money off me.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? My goldfish isn't allowed out of his tank to hang around under the mistletoe, and it's not much fun hanging around under the mistletoe by myself. So no mistletoe.
5. When do you put your decorations up? Did that November 25th. Even blogged about it!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Turkey stuffing. You can keep the turkey, just save me the stuffing. And maybe a bit of gravy.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Not a lot of good ones, but one clear one is the Christmas I was recovering from Scarlet Fever. They put a big armchair in my bedroom door to keep me isolated, and my cuzzin Les sat on the back of that armchair to open his stocking and presents while I wasn't allowed to exert myself opening gifts! But that's okay. By Easter, I was well enough to kick his a** again!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I was 4 and I got up out of bed because I heard a noise and thought it might be Santa. It was my Dad putting a book of paper dolls in my stocking.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Sometimes.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I don't do a Christmas tree. However, I do have a Norfolk Pine in my living room year round, and on November 25th, I hang my single beaded snowflake on it.
11. Snow. Love it or dread it? I live in the north. Loving it or dreading it is irrelevant 'cuz we got it October to April.
12. Can you ice skate? Of course. Might not be skating this winter, though. Broke my right foot a month ago, and it's still somewhat swollen and tender.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Mechanical pencil crayons from Uncle Dudley and Aunt Minie. Twenty four different colours! Amazing! I think I was 7.
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? Time off work.
15. What are your favorite holiday desserts? Fruitcake.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Dickens' Christmas Carol. Either hearing it read aloud, or seeing it performed on stage.
17. What tops your Christmas tree? See #10 above.
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? There's nothing I really want that I can't get for myself throughout the year, and I hate receiving gifts that I don't really want. So giving. I like to do something charitable that makes another person's Christmas nice.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night.
20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck? Look great hanging on someone else's tree. I'm not sure why anyone would want to eat them, though.
21. What do you want for Christmas? Sheesh! See #18 above already.
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party? Not if I can help it.
23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear jammies? I like to go to Christmas Eve Mass, but I don't think jammies are suitable attire there.
24. Do you own a Santa hat? No.
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with? See #4 above.
26. What are your least favorite things about Christmas? People who insist that enjoying a comfy day at home with my goldfish, a glass of wine, and a good book is wrong and that I absolutely have to come and spend an uncomfy day hanging around their house and eating their food instead.
NOTICE: I will be departing for my annual hide-under-a-rock retreat on December 23rd, and will not have regular Internet access until January 4th. Just so's y'all know.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces dark, semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups dark
brown sugar3 large eggs
2 ripe bananas
Begin by generously buttering a pan. This is one of those little 9 inch square baking pans. Don't ask me to translate that into metric. Some things I just can't translate!Then melt your chocolate squares, butter, and brown sugar over very low heat, or in a double boiler. Yes, I did say BUTTER. I refuse to use margarine. I have a "thing" about consuming whipped plastic with artificial colour and flavour. But I will not judge you if you choose not to use real butter. Okay? Okay. I think I've said that a couple of times in the last month, so I'll try not to go on about butter versus margarine again.While your chocolate is melting, mix together your flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.Then mix in your eggs, pecans, and banana. The recipe calls for coarsely chopped pecans and mashed banana. I like chunks of things. Tasty surprises for my tongue, teeth, and taste buds. Please feel free to chop up your pecans and mash up your bananas as much as you want.Then add the melted chocolate-butter-brown sugar mixture to the rest of your ingredients, and mix it all together. Don't get too excited about making this batter super smooth. Brownies are better if you leave the batter a bit lumpy and bumpy.Spread this batter into your buttered pan, and ...... bake at 325 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. If you try to test for doneness with a toothpick or dinner knife blade, your tester object will likely come out with a bit of batter stuck to it. This does NOT mean your brownies are uncooked after 35 minutes (unless you forgot to turn your oven on). This means your brownies are nice and moist THE WAY GOOD BROWNIES ARE MEANT TO BE.Let cool. The recipe says this will cut into 24 brownies. HAH! Only if you're planning to feed 24 Lilliputians! I'm going to frost these babies with cream cheese frosting, cut them into 12 pieces, and take them to work in the morning for our Friday morning staff meeting.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
AS SOON AS THE SALMON IS DONE, plate up and enjoy. Tonight, I had my Quick Spicy Salmon Fillets with boiled red potatoes and a bit of green salad. I didn't have the patience to wait for rice (I don't do instant rice), and potatoes were faster. IF I had decided on rice, I would have put the salmon on a warm plate, then quickly reduced the pan juices with a tablespoon of butter, and used that as a spicy sauce over the rice. And yes, those are PRAWNS you see there. They aren't necessary, but they sure do make a plain little salmon fillet look right purtee on the plate! (Especially good trick when you're trying to impress someone.) There. Wasn't that quick and easy? Enjoy!
Quick Spicy Salmon Fillets
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup sliced onion
1/4 cup sliced fresh ginger root
(1 teaspoon dried chili flakes for fire power, if desired)
2 frozen salmon fillets
4 or 5 fresh garlic cloves, sliced or crushed
4 tablespoons liquid honey
1/4 cup white wine (or fruit juice)
Monday, 1 December 2008
1 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups coconut
4 to 5 cups your favourite cookie additions (raisins,
dried fruits, choc chips, nuts, seeds, etc)
2 to 3 tablespoons liquid to help mix ingredients together.
Roll into balls, 2 tablespoons of dough at a time. Flatten slightly. Bake about 14 minutes at 350